• Home
  • TV & Movies
  • This Is The Real Reason 'Little House on the Prairie' Ended

This Is The Real Reason 'Little House on the Prairie' Ended

Why was Little House on the Prairie really cancelled? Michael Landon explained it in 1984.
August 15, 2020 - 19:40 / Clemens Fanger

In 1974, the very popular show Little House on the Prairie first went on the air. After more than 200 episodes, the show was discontinued in the early 1980's and many fans were extremely disappointed. Why was the show cancelled at all?

After its premiere in 1974, the autobiographical show, which is loosely based on the diaries of author Laura Ingalls, quickly gathered a large fan base. The show was discontinued after nine seasons in 1983. The reason? It turns out that the show could just not keep up the high rating figures.

This Is The Real Reason Little House on the Prairie Ended

Apparently, ratings had been dropping for a while and were at an all-time low in season nine. Michael Landon, who was the driving force behind the show, explained the cancellation during an interview in 1984.

Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert as "Charles" and "Laura Ingalls".

Michael Landon: "We never imagined it would last this long."

Melissa Gilbert, who, as "Laura Ingalls" had always looked to her father "Charles" for advice, grew up on the show over the years. She even started her own family on the show, as Landon told the New York Times in a 1984 interview.

"I didn't think a married woman should still be coming to her father for advice," Landon said. "When we started this show, we never imagined it would last this long."

The actress had simply outgrown her role by that point, the show had run its course and the story needed to wrap up, Landon said in the interview.